Democrat ridicules rival in New Mexico congressional primary

New Mexico

FILE – In this June 16, 2017 file photo, New Mexico First Judicial District Attorney Marco Serna describes a shooting rampage at a news conference in Espanola, N.M., Northern New Mexico. Now a candidate for Congress, Serna is attacking rival Democrat Valerie Plame in an online video that shows him riding on horseback and talking about policy priorities. The Santa Fe-based prosecutor posted the online campaign ad Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. It opens with a scathing critique of Plame’s own biographical video that explores her background as a former CIA operative whose covert identity was exposed in retribution for her then-husband Joe Wilson’s opposition to the Iraq War. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee, File)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Northern New Mexico District Attorney and congressional candidate Marco Serna attacked rival Democrat Valerie Plame in an online video released Wednesday that shows him on horseback while talking about policy priorities for health care and education.

Serna’s video opens with a critique of Plame’s own autobiographical video that explores her background as a former CIA operative whose covert identity was exposed in retribution for her then-husband Joe Wilson’s opposition to the Iraq War.

The new video attempts to cast Serna as understanding of local values, dedicated to livable-wage jobs and willing to fight anti-Semitism. Plame has apologized for a sharing on Twitter in 2017 an article with anti-Semitic expressions.

Nearly a dozen Democratic candidates are competing to succeed Rep. Ben Ray Luján as he runs for the Senate. Sen. Tom Udall won’t run for re-election in 2020 at the end of his second term.

Serna, the 36-year-old son of a former state Cabinet secretary and utility regulator, has portrayed himself as a moderate Democrat in a series of position papers that support paid family leave and reject hardline environmental policies.

“People of the 3rd District want to elect someone to Congress who knows our issues, understands our values and fights hate crimes and anti-Semitism,” Serna says in the ad.

Plame responded in an email that it was unfortunate that Serna was “using Republican talking points to attack me and my public service.”

“While our country and its institutions are under attack from the president, we’ll continue to push our positive message about a progressive, bold direction forward,” Plame said in the statement.

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